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Elevance Enters Joint Development Agreement with Stepan to Commercialize Novel Surfactants & Antimicrobials

  • Posted on:  Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. announced today it has entered into a joint development agreement with Stepan Company, to evaluate and commercialize novel surfactants, antimicrobials and polyurethane polyols based on Elevance’s specialty feedstocks, including 9-decenoic ester and C18 di-basic ester. Intended use will be for a variety of applications into the consumer, institutional, industrial and broader surfactant marketplace.

With an ever-changing market dynamic, both companies agree the joint development is an opportunity to provide an expanded product portfolio based on biorenewable feedstocks. Developing new biorenewable technologies with performance benefits is consistent with customers’ growth initiatives and their sustainability goals.

“Stepan’s breadth of expertise in derivative chemistries including sulfonation, esterification and quaternization, provides an excellent complement to our unique specialty chemical building blocks,” said K’Lynne Johnson, CEO of Elevance. “Our agreement with Stepan is a great fit that provides us with a leading partner for our strategic business segments in surfactants, polyols and antimicrobials.”

John Venegoni, Vice President and General Manager, Surfactants with Stepan Company added, “Stepan’s ongoing strategy is to deliver value to our customers and achieve organic growth through innovation that is synergistic with Stepan’s core capabilities, platforms and markets. We are pleased to work with Elevance in an effort to provide a unique product portfolio that addresses our customer’s sustainability objectives such as renewable feedstocks, greater compaction and reduced energy consumption.”

About Elevance

Headquartered in Woodridge, Ill., Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. is a high-growth specialty chemical company that creates novel specialty chemicals that perform better from renewable feedstocks, making the products that industry and consumers use every day better. Using a proprietary technology called olefin metathesis, the company delivers specialty chemicals that exceed the performance of existing products while leaving a smaller environmental footprint — for use in personal care products, detergents and cleaners, engineered polymers, lubricants and additives, and other specialty chemicals markets. To learn more, visit or


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